Wiredja Online News Logo

WiredJa Online News

Wiredja Online News Logo

WiredJa Online News

Caribbean News Today

Granger denies political interference in Guyana Chronicle

Featured Guyana-born intellectual Dr David Hinds author of the column "Hinds Sight" who and another colleague columnist, Lincoln Lewis were fired from the Guyana Chronicle by its Editor-in-Chief, Nigel Williams Guyana-born intellectual Dr David Hinds author of the column "Hinds Sight" who and another colleague columnist, Lincoln Lewis were fired from the Guyana Chronicle by its Editor-in-Chief, Nigel Williams
GEORGETOWN, March 28, 2018 - Guyana's President David Granger has washed his hands of any complicity in the firing of two columnists from the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, which resulted in the resignation of three  directors of the newspaper's Board of Directors.
Bert Wilkinson GT 460
Veteran Journalist Bert Wilkinson who tendered his resignation as a member of the Board of the Guyana Chronicle newspaper in protest over the Editor-In-Chief’s firing of columnists Professor David Hines and trade unionist Lincoln Lewis.

Veteran Journalist Bert Wilkinson, Communications Specialist Karen Davis and Executive Member of the Working People’s Alliance, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley  all tendered their resignations from the board of the company.

They are protesting a decision by Editor-in-Chief Nigel Williams to fire the two columnists, who wrote articles critical of the government.

Wilkinson, Davis and Sarabo-Halley were opposed to the Editor’s dismissal of  columnists  Lincoln Lewis and Professor David Hinds, whose hard hitting columns reportedly did not find favour with the government.

Although Williams said his decision was in keeping with a new direction of the newspaper, Board members responsible for setting policy, were taken by surprise when they were advised that the two well-known political columnists were being summarily dismissed.

Williams also fired two other columnists, Sherod Duncan and Leonard Craig. Both are members of the Alliance For Change and Duncan also being a Board member of the Chronicle.

Lincoln Lewis and David Hinds are both supporters of the Coalition government, with Hinds sitting on the Executive of the Working People’s Alliance. However, their columns in many instances openly criticized the government on several of its decisions.

Both Hinds and Lewis believe the decision to remove them as columnists came from the government.

david grangerPresident David Granger on Wednesday however, distanced his administration from the decision to  the remove two columnists, but refused to say whether he found some of the writings of Professor David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis irresponsible.

“It’s not for me to say. As I said, I  did not appoint them. I don’t know what circumstances governed their relationship with the paper and I am not going to express an opinion on the content,” Granger said when asked whether he had found any of the columnists writings to have been irresponsible.

The president stressed that it was up to the editor to select, choose and decide the course of the publication to ensure that his publication is newsworthy. “I have not interfered. My government has not interfered and I would urge that we continue to- and we do- to support on our part the free flow of ideas; this is guaranteed in the constitution,” he said.

Professor David Hinds, an executive member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA),  said it was with the acquiescence the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC) that the 'Alliance For Change' a party in the governing coalition had orchestrated  their removal as columnists from the paper.

President Granger however made it clear that he was not opposed to criticism. “As a politician, I welcome criticism because this helps me to correct faults and to improve the quality and the performance of the government,” he said.

Granger said he was unaware if there was a contractual relationship with the columnists, if it was broken or whether there was improper action

  • Countries: Guyana

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.